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Top Gear star Ken Block dies aged 55 after snowmobile accident

Top Gear star Ken Block dies aged 55 after snowmobile accident

Ken Block died following a snowmobile accident

Top Gear star Ken Block has died at the age of 55 following a snowmobile accident.

Hoonigan Racing Division shared the devastating news of his death, saying 'he will be incredibly missed'.

In a post on Instagram today (3 January), they said: "It's with our deepest regrets that we can confirm that Ken Block passed away in a snowmobile accident today.

"Ken was a visionary, a pioneer and an icon. And, most importantly, a father and husband. He will be incredibly missed.

"Please respect the family's privacy at this time while they grieve."

Ken Block sadly died following a snowmobile accident.
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Wasatch County Sheriff's Office attended the crash, and the force explained in a statement that the snowmobile overturned and landed on top of Mr Block.

Sadly, he was pronounced dead at the scene.

A spokesperson said: "On January 2, 2023 at approximately 2pm, the Wasatch County 911 Center received a call reporting a snowmobile accident in the Mill Hollow area.

"Search and Rescue, along with law enforcement from Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office, Utah State Parks and the US Forest Service responded.

"The driver, Kenneth Block, 55-year-old male out of Park City, Utah, was riding a snowmobile on a steep slope when the snowmobile upended, landing on top of him.

"He was pronounced deceased at the scene from injuries sustained in the accident. Mr Block was riding with a group but was alone when the accident occurred.

The celebrated racing driver is survived by his wife and three children.

"The State Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the official cause of death.

"We are saddened to hear of the loss of Kenneth and our hearts are with his family and friends so deeply affected. We thank all of our first responders for their continued service."

Mr Block began rallying almost two decades ago, winning Rookie of the Year in the Rally America Championship

He then went on to compete at the World Rally Championship and won a number of medals at the X Games.

As well as his glittering racing career, he also co-founded the sportswear brand DC Shoes.

He is survived by his wife Lucy and their three children.

Featured Image Credit: Kevin Bennett/Alamy/WENN Rights Ltd/Alamy

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